Flea Meds

Dear Liz – I know flea and tick prevention, as well as heartworm prevention, is important but is it important ALL year round?

Signed,

Curious in Coventry

Dear Curious – Yepper to both!  Let’s look at each one, though…

Flea and tick prevention is important for all year use because fleas are year round pests!  Even if it’s too cold to pick up fleas outside, your dog or cat may have deposited eggs from fleas they had last fall.  One flea can lay up to 100 eggs per day, so you can never be 100% sure all the fleas in your home area gone.  Keeping your pets on year round flea and tick preventative assures you will break that flea cycle.  Remember, too, that ticks can hide in logs brought in for firewood.  Once inside and warming up, those ticks can come out of the wood and find your pets.

Now, heartworm prevention is pretty much the same.  Even though your dog or cat is not exposed to mosquitoes (the carriers of heartworm) the medication helps to kill anything that might be developing in their systems.

Heartworm filaria take six months to develop in your pet’s blood stream.  Keeping your pet on monthly heartworm preventative will make sure nothing is able to develop.  The medication works backwards, so what ever your pet was exposed to last month will be eliminated with this month’s medication.  Some heartworm meds also have de-wormers in them, also helping to keep your pet parasite free.

So there you have it!

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